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Dunno if I ever mentioned it or if you noticed it any other way: I AM RETRO!!! Besides old videogames and old movies I also love classic comic strips. The other day I re-discovered Calvin & Hobbes. Great. It was long ago that a simple one panel comic strip made me rofl. Calvin & Hobbes did this several times and that was only one of many many books available at the local public library.

What’s so special about them? Well, first of all the series started in 1985, my birthyear. So this is a quite modern comic strip compared to classics like Garfield and the Peanuts. The concept also is unique. Calvin is a six year old American boy struggling with all the common problems kids have at this age. His best friend Hobbes on the other hand is a big talking tiger… for him at least. For everybody else, Hobbes is just a puppet. The strips play with the change from Calvin’s imaginary world to the real world. In Calvin’s point of view Hobbes talks to him, gives him advices and helps him with his daily philosphical problems. While Calvin is nasty from time to time (he likes to destroy things on purpose, tortures his babysitter, curses on girls etc.) Hobbes is quite educated and has a more morally driven way to see things. He always thinks further than Calvin and also mentions the possible consequences a weird idea of Calvin could have. But of course he also likes to play tricks (he likes to draw mustaches on Calvin’s superhero comics) and the fights with Calvin.

And here is something I don‘t understand: if Hobbes in his big form is just imaginary, how can he physically fight with Calvin? Evertime when Calvin comes home from school Hobbes awaits him. In the moment that Calvin opens the front door, Hobbes rapidly attacks him and both are rolling around in the front garden. This is a running gag. Like to compare it to the running gag in the Peanuts when Charlie Brown tries to kick a football and always trips because the football is taken away in the last moment. One episode of Calvin & Hobbes even plays with this running gag. To avoid Hobbes from attacking him, Calvin builds a puppet with his own jacket to trick Hobbes. Hobbes quietly opens the door, gently grabs the puppet and treats it very well. He acts like it was Calvin and asks him if he was allowed to draw mustaches into Calvin’s superher comics. Calvin himself is really annoyed of course.

What I don‘t like in the book I borrowed lately: the comic strips don‘t have any release dates. Garfield strips always have that and when I read a comic strip that I really liked, it was very easy to find it on the official site and post it here.

There is another episode of C&H that I‘d like love to post here: it is the one panel strip mentioned above that made rofl for several minutes. Here you go:


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So if you wanna read some good stuff, go and read Calvin & Hobbes.

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